In a public relations move that’s no doubt intended to diffuse growing religious tensions, the Catholic church is assisting Hindu pilgrims on their way to the Kumbh Mela festival in the “holy” city of Ujjain in India. Kumbh Mela (“pitcher gathering”) is held every four years and is the world’s largest religious festival. The 50 million Hindu participants believe washing in the filthy Kshipra River will cleanse their sins and hopefully end the otherwise endless reincarnation cycle.
Support for the pilgrims will consist of free medical care, child care, and transportation. High-ranking Catholic clerics will also join leaders of other non-Hindu religions in honoring “the Hindu holy men and religious sages who come to the city to participate in the festival.” See the article below.
Can any believer imagine the apostle Paul instructing the early churches to help the pagans of the Roman world make their pilgrimages to the shrines of Jupiter, Neptune, Venus, Diana, and Mars? Can any believer imagine Paul honoring the priests and priestesses of Roman paganism? At Vatican II, Rome declared that every religion is a valid pathway to God. The current pope says even atheists are able to merit heaven if they follow their consciences and are “good.” Sorry folks, that is NOT Christianity! Believers, get your Bibles out and find out what the Lord has to say about yoking up with religious unbelievers.
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Catholics in India support great Hindu festival